The COP27 preparatory meeting in Kinshasa has shown that, even though the world faces numerous challenges, for many countries the climate crisis remains front and centre. In the final run-up to COP27 in November, there was a great desire for more international cooperation. In Kinshasa, I spoke with the representatives of many countries who recognise the seriousness of the situation, and who want to act.
The countries most acutely affected by the climate crisis painted a devastating picture of what they’re experiencing every day. That’s why we need to mount an ambitious, like-minded response, in order to achieve real progress. Accelerating the energy transition and expanding solar and wind power on a global scale are key for achieving energy and climate security. I’ve made it clear that Germany wants to cooperate closely with its international partners, so as to drive forward the global shift to green energy. The countries most acutely affected are in need of our solidarity – we want to work with them and support them. We need sustainable solutions, so that together we can successfully tackle the climate crisis. It’s their security – as well as our own – that are at stake.